CIVIL WAR Antique Colt 1860 Model ARMY Revolver
Most Used Handgun of the American Civil War!
Here we present an antique Colt Model 1860 Army Percussion Revolver, made during the Civil War in Hartford, Connecticut. The Model 1860 was the single most used pistol of the American Civil War. Over 200,000 were made from 1860 to 1873, and 156,000 were made by the end of the war in 1865. The 1860 Army was Samuel Colt’s finest achievement to that point, having finally developed a large caliber revolver that weighed about 2 lbs. 10 oz. to the famous Dragoon’s 4 lbs. 4 oz., and was adopted en masse by the U.S. government with huge contracts. The revolver was well balanced in hand but had a long enough barrel to be effective when utilized as a carbine with the attachable shoulder stock. This revolver represented unprecedented firepower from a handgun in the field at the time and was especially suited to Cavalry. The Confederacy, lacking in manufacturing capabilities though they were, managed to produce limited numbers of copies, and battlefield pickups of the 1860 Army were highly coveted. The 1860 Army went on to serve the U.S. military even after the Civil War and into the Indian Wars, until production of Colt’s 1873 Single Action Army created new waves in the revolver market, and again achieved great success in the military and commercial markets.
This one features a scarcer 4-screw frame that was made to attach a separate stock for more accurate fire. Though this one has mixed numbers, none of the numbers post-date the American Civil War. The top of the barrel is marked “ADDRESS COL. SAM COLT NEW YORK, US AMERICA”. The left side of the frame is marked “COLT’S PATENT/44 CAL”.
The overall condition is very good. A good amount of blue finish remains on the back strap and barrel. The markings are clear and legible. The walnut grips are in great shape. The bore is clear and bright with good rifling. The action on this revolver is excellent. This historical Colt 1860 Army revolver would be a great one to shoot and is a very handsome Civil War period handgun.
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Barrel is 8 inches.
Caliber: .44 Percussion
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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